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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,713 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 6 of 9)

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problem #62

Sep 262007

Cavalier 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My daughter was backing the car into the street and the car stalled. She managed to stop the car two feet from an oncoming car. The problem was diagnosed as a bad fuel and it was replaced at a local garage.

- Thompsons Station, TN, USA

problem #61

Oct 102007

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was driving home from my sons football practice. I was in second gear going approx. 20 mph. The car slowly started to decelerate, until it stopped completely at the curb. I could not get it started. After spending $50 on a tow, and $160 to have the problem analyzed, I was told it was my fuel pump and filter that needed to be replaced. I was quoted $1160 to fix it. I'm in the process of locating a cheaper mechanic, but the lowest quote so far has been $700. Making my grand total a minimum of $910.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #60

Aug 172007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 55 mph the vehicle stalled. There was a loss of power steering and the brakes failed. The engine shut off and the vehicle would not restart. The oil warning indicator light was illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The road conditions were not a factor. The dealer information is unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 55,000. Updated 1/02/08. Updated 12/12/07

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #59

Sep 292007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,536 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car suddenly and without warning would not start. After a tow to the Chevy dealer, found to have a defective fuel pump which was replaced.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #58

Sep 292007

Cavalier

  • 70,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel pump failure. Customer states that she is not the only customer with this problem. She says her vehicle only had 70,000 miles on it as did others. Wants to know how to request for reimbursement.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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problem #57

Sep 272007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,400 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While the vehicle was at the dealer for service, the technician stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. He further stated that the vehicle was not getting fuel to start up the vehicle. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, and powertrain were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 32,400. Updated 11/06/07

- Rosendale, MO, USA

problem #56

Sep 202007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 Cavalier fuel pump, first failure was June/July 2007 (70,000), driving on the interstate car stalled at 60mph then would not start again. Had car towed, mechanic couldn't find the problem but the car started again. Car ran fine for months with no indication there was a problem. Second failure Sept 2007 (110,000), driving on the interstate in high traffic high speed, car stalled out and managed to get to the shoulder without getting hit. Would not start again. We had the car towed and have to replace the fuel pump. It has to be defective and is very dangerous. I just hope no one has to die on an interstate because of this before a recall is made. Cost of repair after extensive search and not using GM parts or dealer service was est. $360 + tow. Old part will be sitting here waiting for a recall.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #55

Sep 182007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,381 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier w/56,000 miles. Car stalled and died. Had to have it towed to local mechanic. They determined it was a clogged fuel filter. Replaced that. Total cost of tow and filter - $250. The next week, took a trip, drove 200 miles and car stalled and died again. Had to get it towed to another shop. They said the fuel pump was faulty. Replaced fuel pump and oxygen sensor. Total cost of that tow and replacement - $1600.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #54

Aug 292007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,404 miles
My 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier ls sport sedan stalled while I was driving home from work. The speed limit is approximately 45 mph, but I was going approximately 20 to 40 starting to move from a standing stop at a stop light. The car stalled and would not restart. I was almost rear-ended as a result of this failure. After the car was towed to service, it was diagnosed with a faulty fuel pump. The car has 40,404 miles on it at the time.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #53

Sep 042007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,171 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle shut off without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The mechanic inspected the vehicle and stated that the fuel pump failed. As of September 14, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 57,171.

- Rapid City, SC, USA

problem #52

Sep 132007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car stalls intermittently, usually when coming to a stop. This is either with the clutch engaged or with the transmission in neutral. The idle dips to about 500rpm, fluctuates, and either goes back up to 900rpm or stalls the car. Restarts are hard. The car has approximately 61,000 miles. It has happened frequently for the past six months. Some days it's fine, and others it stalls every time you come to a stop light.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #51

Sep 082007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Car stalled on highway. Pushed car into parking spot and it would not restart. Had car towed to Chevy dealer - Monday it was confirmed that the fuel pump and filter had to be replaced at a cost of $770.70 including the tow charge.

- Laurel, DE, USA

problem #50

Aug 172007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Fuel pump went out while in traffic on the highway, I was able to coast to the shoulder. Car sputtered for a bit, then died completely. Car would crank, but would not start up again. Fuel pump failed and had to be replaced. Car was at 61000 miles. $500 for part from dealer.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #49

Sep 092007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
No prior symptoms. Vehicle failed to start. Failed fuel pump/replaced fuel pump. Vehicle has 70,000 miles.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #48

Aug 282007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,600 miles
Fuel pump failure.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #47

Aug 292007

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle suddenly died while the car was moving (approx. 25 mph). The car would not restart. Car would still crank but wouldn't kick over. Car has 52,000 miles on it. Fuel pump went out.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #46

Jul 102007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,200 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Cavalier with 56,200 miles on it and my wife and I were returning home to flint mi. @ 10 pm on I75 in Michigan when the car started to slow down and than it picked up to normal speed for a couple of miles and than it stalled and would not restart. The only light that came on was traction control off light. We walked to the nearest exit and called our son to come get us - we were approx. 30 miles from home @ 10:30pm. I could not get the car towed until the next morning due to severe storms in the area. I researched the internet and it was very obvious that it is a common problem to have the fuel pump quit on 2003 Cavaliers. I called and had the car towed to my son-in-laws house (36 miles). I had to meet the driver and show him where to take the car. I took the day off work and called to get prices on fuel pump modules. The normal cost is over $400 for the module. After the car was towed my son-in-law used his tester and there was not any codes in the ECM. We than tested the fuel pump and there was not any noise indicating that the pump was not working. I went and bought a pump which listed for $420 and just because I was a GM employee - I was able to get a discount and only paid $240. My son-in-law charged me $100 to replace the pump and the car runs fine. By the way the towing bill was $110 but the insurance company would not cover the total bill because I did not take it to the nearest repair facility. It would have cost me in excess of $800 to take it to a repair facility. I tried contacting Chevrolet customer service but they deny any problems or issues even though there are 100's & 100's of complaint on the internet. If you need anymore info - please contact me.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #45

Jun 232007

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Car suddenly stopped responding while driving on the highway. As a consequence, I had to pull over. The car completely failed without any previous signs of failure or warning. When taken to the mechanic, I was told that the fuel pump had failed. Fuel pump and fuel filter were replaced.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #44

Jul 302007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Fuel pump failed at 81,000 miles on 2003 Cavalier.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #43

Jul 282007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,115 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Cavalier with around 57,000 miles on it and the fuel pump went out on it. I had to buy a new one and have it replaced which ran me about 500 dollars.

- Mountain Home, ID, USA

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